"The People Are Bringing Much More Than Enough" (2/11)

Thought from today’s Bible reading from Exodus 36-38.

Though God specified Bezalel, Oholiab, and other skilled workers to construct the tabernacle, the people would also be able to contribute in the work, but this would be done voluntarily (Exodus 35:21-29).

The people were to be commended in that they did not begin to do this eagerly, then slack off as the newness faded. Instead, they “continued bringing to him freewill offerings every morning” (Exodus 36:3). As a result, those who were constructing the tabernacle ended up with a great surplus of supplies.

And they said to Moses, ‘The people are bringing much more than enough for the construction work which the Lord commanded us to perform.’ So Moses issued a command, and a proclamation was circulated throughout the camp, saying, ‘Let no man or woman any longer perform work for the contributions of the sanctuary.’ Thus the people were restrained from bringing any more” (Exodus 36:5-6).

What a contrast between this and what we see too commonly today!
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“During Plowing Time and Harvest You Shall Rest” (2/10)

Thought from today’s Bible reading from Exodus 33-35.

Though the Sabbath law had already been given to the Israelites, the Lord provided further instructions regarding the application of the command:

You shall work six days, but on the seventh day you shall rest; even during plowing time and harvest you shall rest” (Exodus 34:21).

From the beginning, God has expected man to work hard (Genesis 3:19). The wise man gives this admonition: “Whatever your hand finds to do, do it with all your might” (Ecclesiastes 9:10). Paul tells Christians: “Whatever you do, do your work heartily, as for the Lord rather than for men” (Colossians 3:23). So this instruction to the Israelites was not advocating slothfulness but that they strictly obey the commandment of God.
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Is Taking Time to Worship God a Sign of Laziness? (1/31)

Thought from today’s Bible reading from Exodus 4-6.

There are many people today who cannot seem to take time away from their busy schedules to worship God or assemble with the saints. If there is work to be done, that takes priority in the minds of many. Pharaoh exhibited a similar attitude when he was first told to let the Israelites leave Egypt to go out into the wilderness to sacrifice to the Lord (Exodus 5:1). He gave the following instructions to their taskmasters:

But the quota of bricks which they were making previously, you shall impose on them; you are not to reduce any of it. Because they are lazy, therefore they cry out, ‘Let us go and sacrifice to our God.’ Let the labor be heavier on the men, and let them work at it so that they will pay no attention to false words” (Exodus 5:8-9).

God’s people are certainly to be hard workers (Ecclesiastes 9:10; Colossians 3:23). But serving the Lord must always come first (Matthew 6:33).
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Do Not Worry

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Many of us find it easy to worry about things in our life. Matters that relate to our jobs, families, finances, and more can cause anxiety. But Jesus told his followers, “Do not be worried about your life” (Matthew 6:25). Sometimes this is easier said than done. But notice what Jesus said about this subject:

For this reason I say to you, do not be worried about your life, as to what you will eat or what you will drink; nor for your body, as to what you will put on. Is not the life more than food, and the body more than clothing? Look at the birds of the air, that they do not sow, nor reap nor gather into barns, and yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not worth much more than they? And who of you by being worried can add a single hour to his life?” (Matthew 6:25-27).

In these verses, Jesus asked three questions. As the master teacher, He was able to ask questions in a way that was more instructive than inquisitive. Notice the three points Jesus made that will help us deal with anxiety.
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